Disquiet Junto Project 0069: The 4 Elements

The Assignment: Make music from field recordings of earth, water, air, and fire.


Each Thursday at the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate.

This assignment was made in the afternoon, California time, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, with 11:59pm on the following Monday, April 29, as the deadline.

These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):

Disquiet Junto Project 0069: The 4 Elements

This is a shared-sample project. Its theme is “The Four Elements.”The goal is to create a new piece of music by employing the following four source recordings, each of which is intended to represent one of the elements: earth, water, air, and fire. (Alternately, you can record your own source audio for any or all of the elements.) Your track should be be divided into four segments of roughly equal length, one for each element. Any two consecutive segments may overlap, but only briefly, up to three seconds. You can manipulate the source audio in any way you choose, but you cannot add any other source audio.

Earth: http://www.freesound.org/people/ABouch/sounds/174938/

Water: http://www.freesound.org/people/aesqe/sounds/39901/

Air: http://www.freesound.org/people/Bosk1/sounds/144083/

Fire: http://www.freesound.org/people/suonho/sounds/3202/

Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.

Length: Your track should have a duration of between two minutes and five minutes.

Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto.

Title/Tag: Include the term “disquiet0069-4elements”in the title of your track, and as a tag for your track.

Download: Please consider employing a license that allows for attributed, commerce-free remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).

Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information. Of course, edit/omit the source-audio text, should you decide to produce your own source recordings:

More on this 69th Disquiet Junto project, which involves creating a single piece of music from samples that represent each of the four elements, at:

Disquiet Junto Project 0069: The 4 Elements

More details on the Disquiet Junto at:


All the source audio is from Freesound.org. The earth sample is by ABouch, the water by aesqe, the wind by Bosk1, and the fire by suonho:

Earth: http://www.freesound.org/people/ABouch/sounds/174938/

Water: http://www.freesound.org/people/aesqe/sounds/39901/

Wind: http://www.freesound.org/people/Bosk1/sounds/144083/

Fire: http://www.freesound.org/people/suonho/sounds/3202/

Image via wikimedia.org

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